Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Picture : Simone Kley

Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC)’s national working committee has ordered controversial former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and former provincial ANC Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa to resign from the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) with immediate effect.

Mahlangu's dismissal from the PEC comes after ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte wrote to Gauteng provincial secretary Jacob Khawe last month saying that the party agreed that Mahlangu and Hlongwa should both step down from provincial party leadership.

Mahlangu has been blamed for the deaths of 144 Life Esidimeni patients while she was Gauteng health MEC.

The patients died after they were removed from Life Esidimeni and transferred to ill-equipped and unlicensed facilities.

Former provincial ANC Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu/African News Agency (ANA)

Hlongwa has been embroiled in allegations of corruption, stemming from his tenure as health MEC.

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